Smokin' guitarist and good friend Les Sabler.......
Thirty years ago, Sabler moved to Florida to undertake graduate studies at the highly-regarded University of Miami jazz department. While there, he performed and toured with a variety of jazz, Latin and R&B bands, which enabled him to hone his guitar style and songwriting technique. His first recording project came in 1989 when a friend asked him to score a Canadian Television Network documentary called Lost Treasures of the Titanic. During the scoring sessions, Sabler played demos he recorded for the people in the studio, who encouraged him to record his own album.
In the autumn of 2007, Sabler released his fourth album, Sweet Drive, which just might become a primer for young contemporary jazz musicians to study. Sweet Drive confirms that Sabler has remained true to his commitment to maintain lofty standards. It’s a varied, soulful body of contemporary jazz, R&B and adult pop music that delivers a master’s class level of musicianship, performance and production on a dozen thoughtfully composed and carefully selected songs, including a few timeless classics. Produced by Brian Bromberg, Sweet Drive is comprised of eight original compositions and four covers. Accomplished musicians Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Ricky Peterson, Vinnie Colaiuta, Alex Acuna and Gary Meek played on the record while the Jerry Hey orchestrated horn section added warmth, fullness and explosive energy to the tracks. Check out Les's CD’s and clips on his site.
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Jaco Pastorius (December 1, 1951–September 21, 1987) widely acknowledged for his skills as an electric bass player, as well as his command of varied musical styles including jazz, jazz fusion, funk, and jazz-funk. He is also regarded as one of the most skilled and influential bass players of all time. Jaco's playing style was noteworthy for containing intricate solos in the higher register. His innovations also included the use of harmonics and the "singing" quality of his melodies on fretless bass. Jaco was also known for using Chord Melody on the bass.
Jaco had two Grammy Award nominations for his self-titled debut album. Jaco was inducted into Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988, one of only four bassists to be so honored (the others being Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton, and Ray Brown), and the only electric bassist to receive this distinction.
Recordings of Jaco Pastorius include: Jaco Pastorius, Word of Mouth, Invitation, Pat Metheny Bright size life. DVD's Include: Modern Electric Bass, Jaco Pastorius, Live and Outrageous.
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George Van Eps (1913 - 1998) Van Eps' primary role was keeping time in a rhythm section. One exception during this period was the series of recordings he made in the mid-1940's on the Jump label with the LaVere Chicago Loopers and as a part of a trio with Eddie Miller and Stan Wrightsman. In the late 1950's and early 1960's he made a series of solo recordings for Columbia and Capitol that featured the unique guitar style of George Van Eps.
Epiphone made him a seven-string guitar in 1938, he began displaying the depth, richness and complexity that are the hallmarks of the Van Eps sound.
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Hank Garland (November 11, 1930 – December 27, 2004) legendary Nashville studio musician.........
Hank Garland, a young and talented guitar player stormed into Nashville in the late 1940's at the age of fourteen, rapidly developing into one of the highest paid, most in demand session guitar player of his day. At the age of sixteen he recorded his million seller"Sugarfoot Rag".....
Hank Garland performed or recorded with such greats: Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Louvin Brothers, Hank Snow, Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, Conway Twitty, Fern Jones, Joe Morello, Joe Benjamin, Gary Burton, Bobby Helms, Scotty Moore, Don Gibson, Eddie Arnold, Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, Webb Pierce, Leroy Van Dyke, Paul Howard, Floyd Cramer, Joe Zinkan, Buddy Harman, Ronnie Self, The Wilburn Brothers, Bill Brown, The Gordonaires and The Jordanaires, Nancy Whiskey, Rusty Draper, Charlie Rich, Red Foley, Faron Young, Bobby Darin, Janis Martin, Gardy Martin, Billy Byrd, Huelyn Duvall, Peggy Lee, Kitty Wells, Roy Duke, Wayne Cobb, Jimmy Dickens, Jim Reeves, The Osborne Brothers, Jimmy Lloyd, Jimmy Bryant.
For more on Legendary Guitarist Hank Garland, CD's.
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Al Perkins career took off with California Country Rockers Shiloh. Perkins found himself hired to play in the new incarnation of The Flying Burrito Brothers and recorded the seminal live album The Last of the Red Hot Burritos in 1972. The band splintered, and Perkins along with former Byrd Chris Hillman joined Manassas . Led by Stephen Stills, they were one of the most talented units in music at the time. Equally at home with Latin jams, rock, blues, country, folk, and bluegrass, they were one of the most versatile outfits in rock history.
As the second album was released and Stills was being drawn more towards his work with Crosby Stills and Nash, Perkins and Hillman found themselves joining up with Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield and Poco founding member) and J.D. Souther in the Souther Hillman Furay band. Continuing his production work into the 80s, Perkins also toured with Chris Hillman as a duo which later developed into the Desert Rose Band, before joining Dolly Parton in 1986, touring and recording with her for several years before moving to Nashville. After moving to Nashville, Al Perkins joined with Emmylou Harris to form the Grammy award winning group The Nash Ramblers.
Al Perkins' solo recordings Include Snapshots which is Al Perkin's first recorded CD. Al's New recorded CD Triple Play, features Al's sons Matt and Jess, along with friends such as Chris Eddy (Legendary Guitarist Duane Eddy's son)
For more on my good friend Al Perkin's and Clips of his Solo CD's. Click on link...............
Guitarist Linsey Blair started off as a blues rocker and then began to gravitate tward jazz, which led me to move to Miami to attend the University of Miami music school. After graduating U of M Linsey went on tour with Maynard Ferguson, and then moved to LA where he taught at GIT and did recording sessions. Linsey moved back to Miami to go to grad school at U of M, and recieved a Masters degree in 1992. Lindsey taught guitar at GIT, University of Miami, and Florida International University.
Over the course of Lindsey's carrer as a musician he has played for Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, Maynard Ferguson, 2 Live Crew, The Jaco Pastorius Big band, Bobby Caldwell, The Florida Philharmonic, Ed Calle, Jon Secada, Mike Levine, Lee Ann Womac, Chayanne, Mike Lewis, Dos Almas( featuring Raul Midon), Jeff Berlin, Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval, Olga Tannon, Celia Cruz, Ricky Martin, Juanes, Shakira, Paulina Rubio, Julio Iglesias,and many many more..
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One of contemporary jazz’s most dynamic and in-demand guitarists, Chris Standring....
Chris Standring’s 2006 album Soul Express featured the hit radio single “I Can’t Help Myself” helmed by Grammy winning guitarist/producer Paul Brown and led to two successful summer tours in 2006/2007. Love & Paragraphs also marks an important milestone in the entrepreneurial-minded Standring’s career—it’s the debut release on his newly formed indie label Ultimate Vibe, which he is hoping to develop into a label for niche compilations in the chill lounge arena and beyond.
When Chris is not touring or recording new music, he is finding exciting ways to give back to young musicians who can benefit from his guitar and industry expertise. In the early 2000s, he founded A&R Online (aandronline.com), a place for aspiring musicians to get their music heard and to learn about the industry.
For clips of my friend Chris Standing's CD's, Gear, and tours. Click on link...................
Charismatic singer/songwriter and masterful guitar virtuoso, Michael Ripoll is the quintessential “artist’s artist.” As a songwriter, conveying a unique, and powerful insight with words and phrasing come effortlessly as Michael is completely in tune with the thoughts that are translated through his instrument and voice.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, Michael is a consummate professional in the music industry. The industry’s top artists and organizations know of Michael’s genius and passion: his calendar stays steadily full of recording sessions, high-profile appearances, and awe-inspiring live performances, backing top artists and fronting his own band.
Michael Ripoll has worked with such artist: Babyface,Stevie Wonder,Patti LaBelle,Joss Stone,Randy Jackson,Natalie Cole,Travis Tritt,Billy Ray Cyrus,TheTemptations,Richie Sambora,Jeff Golub,Boney James,Kirk Whalum,Marc Antoine,Mary J. Blige,Michael McDonald,Amy Grant,DC Talk,Michael W. Smith,Steven Curtis Chapman,
Yolanda Adams. Just to name a few...
For more on my good friend Michael Ripoll and Clips of his solo CD's:
"Discovery Anew" and"Esperando"
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Randy Bernsen has played to audiences all over the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia. He brings with him an exciting sound and musical message uniquely developed in South Florida. Randy and his production team have produced three CD?s for MCA Records and five for his own label.
Randy has composed for commercials, other artists, and various short film pieces. His latest 2 live projects were done in Florida and in Mexico. "Be Still and Know" is the latest studio recording of the critically acclaimed guitarist formerly with the Zawinul Syndicate.
Randy has been privileged to work with the such Legends: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Toots Theilemans, Michael Brecker, and Jaco Pastorius just to name a few....
Recently Randy has been performing with the Jaco Pastorius big band in New York, Los Angeles,Tokyo and this last summer in Europe. Look for another CD from Jazz great Randy Bernsen this year!
For more about my friend Randy Bernsen and Clips on his new CD click on link........
Good Friend, Session Guitarist, Songwriter and Producer, Bryan Le Mar has worked with numerous talents and directed many projects. Which include: U2,Aerosmith,Lenny Kravits,Collective Soul,Paulina Rubio, Desmond Child,Forigner,Allman Brothers,Nine Inch Nails,Cool For August,Marilyan Manson,and Madana just to name a few. Check out Bryan's killer Studio tour and gear... Click on link for more.........
Jenny Lynn Hollowell-Young graduated Summa Cum laude in Cello Performance from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. She is a specialist in Electric Violin and Cello. She formed her own band, The Men, in 1989. They performed in many venues across the United States From Alaska to Las Vegas.
In 1999 Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter heard Jenny performing in a club in Scottsdale and invited her to join the Waymore Blues Band. This was to be Waylons last band. He personally hand picked his favorite musicians to tour the final years of his life. You can hear and see Jenny playing on Waylon's new CD/DVD, "Never Say Die," recorded at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Recently Jenny and Husband. Reggie Young, created an acoustic CD of soulful arrangements of meditative music. Check out clips http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rjlyoung
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Good friend Pat Bergeson style incorporates jazz, blues, rock and finger style and he is known for his session work with a variety of artists. He has been in the studio with Chet Akins, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Bill Frisell, Martin Taylor, Suzy Bogguss, Bill Evans, Peter Frampton, Michael McDonald and many others. He has toured with Chet Akins, Shelby Lynne, Wynonna Judd, Suzy Bogguss and then four years with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Pat has been a teacher and producer and has appeared on many movie soundtracks.
In 2007, Pat released a CD entitled "Country Gentleman - A Tribute To Chet Atkins." He produced and recorded it for Green Hill Music and is available at their website, www.greenhillmusic.com. Pat Bergeson was named as one of Chet Atkins' top twelve favorite guitarists in the Oct. 2001 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine.
Keep an eye out for Steve Shapiro & Pat Bergeson's release "Backward Compatible" on the Apria Records label. Click on link for more..........
Arnold McCuller is acknowledged as one of the most expressive vocalist in the business. Whether performing solo or singing back up, his show stopping live performances regularly bring audiences to their feet. Arnold has been one of the music industry's most popular session singers.
McCuller's voice has graced recordings by a virtual who's who of the music industry, including Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Bette Midler, and Brenda Russell. Lionel Ritchie, Dave Koz, Billy Idol, Lyle Lovett and Beck to name only a few....
Concert tours include Lyle Lovett, where he was both the opening act and featured vocalist, and Phil Collins, Melissa Manchester, Bonnie Raitt and recently duets with Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville. DVD features include “Serious Hits Live”, “First Final Farwell Tour”, and many more with Phil Collins. A&E's “Live By Request”, “Pull Over”, “Squibnocket”, Musicares “Man of the Year”, and “Live at the Beacon Theater”, featuring James Taylor.
Arnold's solo CD Sabor is a project of all original material, every word and melody. It is a Latin-flavoured collection with enough feeling that will inspire people of all musical tastes.
For clips of solo CD and more about Arnold McCuller click on link............
Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today!
Phil’s solo career has spanned more than 30 years, and has included over 50 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, as well as 8 releases with his band, Glass Harp. One of the most sought after studio guitarists, Phil also continues to sell out concerts all over the United States, with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions.
With the Christian Music industry really beginning to grow, Phil won his very first Dove award in 1988 for his instrumental album, “The Wind and the Wheat. Phil’s second Dove Award came in 1992 for his Celtic-influenced, “Beyond Nature”. Each year from 1998 to 2001, Phil has dominated the “Instrumental Record” category at the Doves, winning for “Invention”, “Acoustic Sketches”, “Majesty and Wonder”, and most recently “Lights of Madrid”. For three years in a row, Phil was voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers.
These days, Phil Keaggy continues to delight audiences all over the US performing primarily acoustic shows, and occasional concerts with a band. He is aware that God gave him a calling to deliver the Gospel through his music, and for over 30 years, Phil Keaggy has been grateful to do just that, and will hopefully continue to do so for many years to come.
Recently Phil wrote the newest article for Guitar Jam Daily which is now available, An album Phil contributed to has been nominated for a special award! "Moments", the CD by Richard Cummins, features Phil, John Sferra, and Randy Stonehill. This CD has been nominated for "Best Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year" by the Canadian GMA, running for the "Covenant" award (the Canadian version of the USA "Dove" award).
For Clips of Phil Keaggy's CD's and info on his DVD click on link.........................
My good friend Ivan Zervigon is one of the best drummers I have worked with. Ivan has been in the performance, recording and production aspects of the music business since 1990. Ivan has Co-Mixed and Engineered Tribute to Jaco Pastorius on Telarc. Produced,Recorded, Performed and Engineered Orquesta Broadway’s 40th anniversary album.
Rated in the Top 10 “Best Latin Recordings of 2003 by LatinBeat Magazine.
Recorded Percussion for Celia Cruz Yo vivere’ remix. Engineered hundreds of national radio spots for Avacom Productions which specializes in radio jingles. Performed and Edited Noelia's Yo soy Candela remix; reached #1 on Billboard Latin Chart. Performed on Sony artists Donato y Estefano, remix of De Hombre a Mujer, which reached #1 in Spain. Drummer for Sony latin Grammy winner, Gian Marco.
For sound clips of Ivan's CD's and work click on link...........................
New York based guitarist/composer,Jonathan Kriesberg started playing guitar at the age of 16 he was admitted to the New World School of the Arts in Miami, where his jazz studies took center stage. Intensely dedicated to the instrument, he was featured in Guitar Player and DownBeat while still in his teens. He won a scholarship to the University of Miami, where he held the guitar chair in the acclaimed Concert Jazz Band, touring Brazil and performing with Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, and Red Rodney. In Miami he also performed with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas.
Jonathan has worked in the bands of many greats including Joe Locke, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joel Frahm, Greg Tardy, Roy Nathanson, Donald Edwards, Jane Monheit, Ari Hoenig, Yosvany Terry, and Lenny White. He has also led groups of various instrumentations featuring artists such as Bill Stewart, Larry Grenadier, and Scott Wendholt. He has recorded five CDs as a leader, including Unearth
Jonathan recently recorded The South of Everywhere. The CD features Will Vinson on alto saxophone, Gary Versace on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Mark Ferber on drums. It is a dynamic album, combining Jonathan's exciting compositions in his quintet and his trio's unique takes on standards.
For more on my good Friend Jonathan Kriesberg,Clips of CD's and Video's Click on link.....
Guitarist Andy Most is one of Nashville's elite session players. I've known Andy sense the 80's and can say he can give Steve Morse a run for his money! Andy has worked on so many sessions I can't begin to list them. To find out more just click on the link.............
Here is a cool link to my good friend and Bass player Crystal Fawn. Crystal has done interviews on some of the top bass players in todays music. Crystal Fawn site rocks! check it out.Click on link for more.........
Here is a long time musical brother. Miami based guitarist in multiple genres! Brev is also the son of legendary Jazz multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan. Brev has killer tones, chops and reviews. Click on link for more.........
Best friend and Keyboardist Michael Pancier and I met in the early 70's. Michael would always be playing and writing songs on the piano. In the late 70's Michael started forming his own bands. In the 80's one of Michael's Bands opened for Rick Springfield at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Hollywood, FL. In the Late 80's Michael and myself started to write for other people and do sessions in Miami, FL.
Recently Michael is still a keyboardist/Songwriter. He is a nature photographer by heart. An attorney by trade. And a musician by hobby. Michael's practice is civil rights, labor, IP, and constitutional law during working hours. Check out Michael's killer pics and more by clicking on link..................
Wonderful New Album "Patchwork" by Legendary Guitarist Steve Khan!
Oct 25, 2019
New Album Patchwork by Legendary Guitarist Steve Khan!
Patchwork is a musical adventure. The musicians on Patchwork are: Bobby Allende-Rob Mounsey-Steve-Rubén Rodríguez-Dennis Chambers-Marc Quiñones. The arrangements, production, and musicianship are ...
How MTV Is Trying to Reinvent Itself to Combat Sinking Ratings and Disinterested Teens
By NY Times: Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments
"A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
President Trump also proposed scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars."
— NY Times
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What can I say about Jay Graydon. He has done so much for me, Thanks aren't enough.
Between the late 60s and the late 70s Jay played on practically every "A" list session in Los Angeles, acquiring a glowing reputation as an ace studio guitarist/ solo specialist on numerous albums with Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, The Jackson Five, Cheap Trick, Christopher Cross, Ray Charles, Cher, Joe Cocker, Marvin Gaye, Hall & Oates, Olivia Newton-John, and Albert King just to name a few.
you will find everything about this twice Grammy awarded (Best R&B songs) and 12 times Grammy nominated (among the top 5 finalists) Los Angeles top songwriter, recording artist, guitarist, producer, engineer, and more. To check out Jay's killer gear, studio, CD's and happening projects.
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